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Walmart Keeps its Military Family Promise

By  Heather Brice, Assistant Manager May 09, 2014

Military Spouse Day Heather Brice

Last summer, I made the commitment of my life: I got married. Because my husband is in the military, I knew that commitment meant we could move far – and potentially often. But what did it mean for my career?

I was pleased to learn – but not surprised – that my company is just as committed to military spouses as they are to active service members and veterans.

Through Walmart’s Military Family Promise, this week, I’ll transition from a Beaverton, Ore., Neighborhood Market to a Supercenter in Jerome, Idaho – a town within 30 minutes of where my husband, Ryan, is serving his first duty station as a pharmacy tech in the Air Force. When we were waiting to find out where he would be transferred, he was worried about me keeping my job. But I wasn’t. I’ve always known that my company would support me. And, I told him, it only helps that Walmart has locations all over the country.

The Promise means the company guarantees a job at a nearby store or club for all military personnel and their spouses who are employed by Walmart but need to move because they’ve been transferred by the military. As soon as I mentioned my needs to my supervisor, my management team had me placed in the Jerome store as an assistant manager within a day.

When I started with Walmart, I saw my job as just a way to earn extra money while going to school. Along the way, I fell in love with it. I listened to my leaders who’ve told me since the beginning that, here, you can pretty much do anything. I learned everything I could, and I’ve worked my way up from a stocker to the assistant manager title I hold now.

While I was falling in love with Walmart, I fell in love with Ryan, who started working for my store right as I was leaving for the manager training program. We kept in touch and got married a few months later.

I am dedicated to my career at Walmart, so it’s encouraging to know that Walmart is just as dedicated to supporting me while my husband serves.

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2 Comments

Steven HarrisMAY 12, 2014 9:10 AM

I am an Army veteran who will never again shop at wal-mart. The store does not allow veteran groups that assist veterans to stand outside the store to inform the public about those service that are their for them. They are quick to take veterans money and tell you they help the community but that does not include veterans.I called wal-mart in Tuscaloosa , Al, I called the corporate office and nothing . I was told that if they allow one group everyone will want to do it. HMM sounds like?

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Sheri BishopMAY 14, 2014 9:48 AM

I am happy to see that this company is showing pride in our Military people. Without their bravery where would we be!!!!! Thank you for rdeconizing them.

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